Travel & Safety Information
Caroline’s Rainbow Foundation was established in 2002 following the tragic death of Caroline Ann Stuttle. For their 10-year anniversary the charity built and launched its Safer Travel App. A comprehensive, destination specific travel safety guide.
Over 8 years of research we have collected travel safety information for over 350 popular tourist and backpacker destinations. Safer Travel provides; travel safety tips, useful contacts, areas to avoid and common crimes as well as suggesting must-see highlights and attractions.
Our team is now checking and re-verifying all content, every week we will be adding new cities to safertravel.org
Recently added Cities
We are adding new cities and updating information every week.
Strasbourg is the capital city of the Grand Est region, formerly Alsace, in northeastern France. It’s also the formal seat of the European Parliament and sits near the German border, with culture and architecture blending German and French influences.
Toulouse, capital of France’s southern Occitanie region, is bisected by the Garonne River and sits near the Spanish border. It’s known as La Ville Rose (‘The Pink City’) due to the terra-cotta bricks used in many of its buildings
Lyon, the capital city in France’s Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, sits at the junction of the Rhône and Saône rivers. Its centre reflects 2,000 years of history from the Roman Amphithéâtre des Trois Gaules, medieval and Renaissance architecture in Vieux (Old) Lyon, to the modern Confluence district on Presqu’île peninsula.
Bordeaux, hub of the famed wine-growing region, is a port city on the Garonne River in southwestern France. The neighbourhood between Cours de l’Intendance and Rue Peyronnet is the heart of Vieux Bordeaux, and is famed as a city rich in art and history.
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (usually shortened to Chamonix) is a resort area near the junction of France, Switzerland and Italy. At the base of Mont Blanc, the highest summit in the Alps, it’s renowned for its skiing.
Cannes, a resort town on the French Riviera, is famed for its international film festival. It’s lined with sandy beaches, upmarket boutiques and palatial hotels.
Nice, capital of the Alpes-Maritimes department on the French Riviera, sits on the pebbly shores of the Baie des Anges. Founded by the Greeks and later a retreat for 19th-century European elite, the city has also long attracted artists.
Paris, France’s capital, is a major European city and a global centre for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Beyond such landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century, Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, the city is known for its cafe culture and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
Commonly refereed to as the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is a city in the tropical Far North Queensland. Northwest of the city, Daintree National Park spans mountainous rainforest, gorges and beaches.
Bundaberg is located on Queensland’s coast. It’s known for Bundaberg Rum, and the Bundaberg Distillery offers museum tours and tastings. Nearby along the coast is Mon Repos Regional Park, home to sea turtles.
Marbella is a city and resort area on southern Spain’s Costa del Sol, part of the Andalusia region. The Sierra Blanca Mountains are the backdrop to 27 km of sandy Mediterranean beaches, villas, hotels, and golf courses.
Seville is the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region. It’s famous for flamenco dancing, particularly in its Triana neighborhood. The Gothic Seville Cathedral is the site of Christopher Columbus’s tomb and a minaret turned bell tower, the Giralda.
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Each country gives an overview travel safety related information, from there visit a city for specific safety tips and advice written by people who have actually been there.
Featured Travel Tips
Over the years we have collected many great travellers tips, this means many moments of ‘Oh, if I had only known!” can be avoided. Here are a featured selection of top travel tips collected from experienced travellers from around the world.
- If you're in York during the summer, book a Hot Air Balloon flight for unforgettable views of York and the beautiful surrounding landscape.
- Follow your instincts – You will know if something feels right. Always listen to yourself and don’t be dragged with the crowd.
- Take some time to walk up the 275 step narrow, spiral staircase in York Minster for breathtaking 360 views of the city and a great sense of achievement.
- Watch your belongings – Split your money and keep it close. Keep an eye on your bags at all times, this could save you a lot of trouble and expense.
- Taking offence – Travelling you will meet a lot of like-minded people, but not everyone will want to be your friend. Be confident, don’t take what people might say personally.
- Local language – If travelling to a non-English speaking country, try to learn a few phrases. You will find you get a lot more respect from the locals.
Are there any places I should avoid visiting?
We would never say don’t go anywhere. It’s your choice. What we would say is make sure you are prepared and you know what you might expect during your visit. As long as you have done your research you can make yourself as safe as possible in the places you are visiting.
What should I take with me backpacking?
Firstly remember, whatever you take you will have to carry with you for the whole travelling experience. Don’t take anything you can’t afford to lose or can’t replace. At a minimum make sure you have the follow, the rest you can buy.
- Phone and adapters
- Notebook and pencil
- Lock for your bag
- Clothes and laundry bag
- Comfortable shoes and flip flops
- Water bottle
- Toiletries and painkillers
- First aid kit
What are the safest countries in the world to visit?
The Institute for Economics and Peace released its Global Peace Index for last year, this is their ranking of the world’s safest countries.
- New Zealand
- Czech Republic